What does the future of beauty look like?
We would like to imagine that the future of beauty travels at the speed of light toward the optimisation of each individual’s natural endowments. Gone is the trend for invasive operations, injections and fillers that leave each client uniformly puffy and strangely cat-like; instead we might see improvements in the underlying fabric of tissue and muscle with the use of ancient yet highly advanced acupuncture techniques. High-tech lasers will continue to develop at a pace, reversing sun damage, eliminating fat cells and regenerating skin.
There will be increasing focus on our inner health, as we learn that surface beauty cannot exist without the dedicated practice of the former. Expect the development of ever-more intelligent supplements to boost the efficacy of our immunity to ageing factors. Meditative spa experiences developed to maximise your spiritual potential. A nano-technology deemed safe to use by all may deliver fruit stem cells into the deepest layers of the dermis.
Perhaps that elusive, safe, sunless tanning pill will afford us a healthy glow without the need for chemicals sprays or creams, whilst providing an SPF to prevent irreversible sun damage. Potent treatments will be devised for the elimination of toxins from liver and skin. Processes will develop that regenerate the production of collagen and elastin in an ageing population. Is this what the future looks like?
Of course, much of this is available to us now, albeit in fledgling form.
Sepai Skincare, a Spanish brand formulated with the often sun-damaged skin of Mediterranean women in mind, launched at Urban Retreat recently. It is hailed as an intelligent, preventative and restorative system of products that work on maintaining the optimum conditions of the skin. Combining the best of technology with the best of nature in a 100% functional formulation, each ingredient provides benefit to the skin, stimulating all its functions whilst preventing cellular damage.
Sepai consists of the usual suspects in skin care: serums, moisturisers, cleansers and scrubs, but also antioxidant and nutritional supplements to counteract free radicals, protect the cells, provide elasticity, improve barrier function and help the natural immune defenses. Cosmetic Beverages are beauty-boosting drinks that can be made up from powder form to detoxify, energise and boost antioxidant levels.
More uniquely, they have a multitasking Cosmetic Candle that can be used as a moisturizer, massage balm and room fragrance. “Providing deep nourishment to the skin due to a perfect combination of Shea butter, coconut, rice, jojoba, and avocado oils, with bees wax and the delicate touch of the fragrance of Sepai.” Sepai Skincare.
At the 5 star Sofitel So Spa in London, Paris and Mauritius, you can avail yourself of an acupuncture facelift administered with gold needles. The treatment was created by Céline Claret-Coquet, a Chinese energy therapist, who dedicates the ancestral technique of acupuncture to the beauty of women. Acupuncture facelifts consist of the rapid insertion of fine gold needles into the face to stimulate the platysma muscles. These muscles are closely linked to the skin, so their stimulation helps tone the entire face. The skin becomes more radiant and firm, and wrinkles and fine lines are smoothed.
Since skin health is the reflection of inner wellbeing, Céline Claret-Coquet completes a Chinese energy profile alongside the acupuncture facelift to help tone the organs that have been weakened by the seasons, harmonising inner energy so that the whole body recovers its balance.
Pain and allergy-free and without any contra-indication, the treatment is aimed at mature skins, as well as at those who wish to delay the appearance of wrinkles and the first signs of skin slackening from 25 onwards.
The Céline Acupuncture face-lift appointment: At Sofitel London St James So SPA £145 for a 45-minute session. Bookings: +44 (0)20 7747 2204
The future of hair care may aspire to replenishment and repair derived on an elemental level from the base matter of the stars themselves. Whilst such a proposition may seem far-fetched it makes more sense when you take into consideration the findings of Japanese scientist, Takeshi Kakegawa. He discovered that a meteorite crashing into the ocean creates large quantities of minerals that, on closer inspection, feature an 80% resemblance to those that make up human hair.
A Netherlands based hair care company, Fuente, have taken such findings seriously and added genuine meteorite dust to one of their new shampoo and conditioners. They believe that the meteorite dust acts as a carrier for these minerals; depositing them on the hair and, in combination with diamond dust and white truffle oil, provide deep nourishment for all hair types.
“Due to the sheer amount and quality of active ingredients (Truffle Shampoo and Conditioner contain 96% active ingredients and only 4% water), a single wash will result in the hair looking and feeling substantially better and noticeably healthier. Consequently, long term use of the Truffle Shampoo and Conditioner will ensure the hair reaches its true potential.”
Perhaps further developments in interplanetary elements could see such advances as total follicular repair and, that holiest of holy hair grails, a permanent cure for baldness? Or is that a step too far into the space-time continuum?
To launch this new, futuristic product the hair salon at Urban Retreat are offering a complete treatment using the Truffle shampoo and conditioner. This will be followed by a glossy blow dry from Urban Retreat’s Artistic Director, Flavian who will style your hair to perfection and send you on your way with full-sized bottles of both the shampoo and conditioner. (Price £320)